Maya Bunik, MD
Professor, Pediatrics-General Pediatrics

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Medical School:
  • MD, University of Minnesota Medical School (1988)
Graduate School :
  • MSPH, University of Colorado Denver (2006)
Undergraduate School:
  • BA, Carleton College (MN) (1984)
  • University of Colorado (Children's Hospital Colorado) Program (1989)
  • University of Colorado (Children's Hospital Colorado) Program, Chief Resident, Pediatrics (1992)
Languages: English
Department: Pediatrics-General Pediatrics
Research interests for Patients:
My main health services research interest lies in improving breastfeeding initiation and duration and healthy early infant feeding practices (ages zero to three) as they relate to the continuum of obesity for low-income populations and more specifically, Latinos. My other interest lies in quality improvement with primary care issues such as asthma, second hand smoke and integrated mental health in the outpatient setting. I have published investigations in combination feeding (breast and formula) in Latina mothers as well as telephone support and culturally-enhanced scripted guidelines to support breastfeeding in low-income Latinas; completed secondary database study of breastfeeding and enrollment in the Special Supplementation Program for Women, Infant and Children (WIC) Program. Also, I published the evaluation of an innovative field trip model breastfeeding curriculum that she developed during my time at Children's Hospital Oakland. I was invited to speak about Planning A Research Agenda for WIC and Breastfeeding by the Institute of Medicine last summer and was thrilled to have my research cited in the Surgeon General's Call to Action on Breastfeeding.


  • Kelsay K, Bunik M, Buchholz M, Burnett B, Talmi A. Incorporating Trainees' Development into a Multidisciplinary Training Model for Integrated Behavioral Health Within a Pediatric Continuity Clinic. Child Adolesc Psychiatr Clin N Am. 2017 Oct;26(4):703-715. PubMed PMID: 28916009
  • Bunik M. The Pediatrician's Role in Encouraging Exclusive Breastfeeding. Pediatr Rev. 2017 Aug;38(8):353-368. PubMed PMID: 28765198
  • McConnell KA, Krisher LK, Lenssen M, Bunik M, Bunge Montes S, Domek GJ. Telehealth to Expand Community Health Nurse Education in Rural Guatemala: A Pilot Feasibility and Acceptability Evaluation. Front Public Health. 2017;5:60. PubMed PMID: 28405582
  • Jansson LM, Bunik M, Bogen DL. Lactation and the Marijuana-Using Mother. Breastfeed Med. 2015 Jul-Aug;10(6):342-3. PubMed PMID: 26121013
  • Talmi A, Bunik M, Asherin R, Rannie M, Watlington T, Beaty B, Berman S. Improving developmental screening documentation and referral completion. Pediatrics. 2014 Oct;134(4):e1181-8. PubMed PMID: 25180272
  • Bunik M, Dunn DM, Watkins L, Talmi A. Trifecta approach to breastfeeding: clinical care in the integrated mental health model. J Hum Lact. 2014 May;30(2):143-7. PubMed PMID: 24595703
  • Bunik M. Mastoiditis. Pediatr Rev. 2014 Feb;35(2):94-5; discussion 94-5. PubMed PMID: 24488833
  • Neville MC, Anderson SM, McManaman JL, Badger TM, Bunik M, Contractor N, Crume T, Dabelea D, Donovan SM, Forman N, Frank DN, Friedman JE, German JB, Goldman A, Hadsell D, Hambidge M, Hinde K, Horseman ND, Hovey RC, Janoff E, Krebs NF, Lebrilla CB, Lemay DG, MacLean PS, Meier P, Morrow AL, Neu J, Nommsen-Rivers LA, Raiten DJ, Rijnkels M, Seewaldt V, Shur BD, VanHouten J, Williamson P. Lactation and neonatal nutrition: defining and refining the critical questions. J Mammary Gland Biol Neoplasia. 2012 Jun;17(2):167-88. PubMed PMID: 22752723
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Professional Memberships

  • AAP, Fellow
  • SPR, Member
  • APA, Member
  • ISRHML, Associate member
  • ABM, Fellow

Practice Locations

Children's Hospital Colorado
13123 East 16th Ave
Aurora, CO 80045

Children's Hospital Colorado, Uptown Denver
1830 Franklin St
Denver, CO 80218

Children's Hospital Colorado Child Health Clinic
13100 E Colfax Ave
Suite 300
Aurora, CO 80045

Hospital Affiliation
  • Children's Hospital Colorado
Center Affiliations

Specialty Information

  • Pediatrics, Board Certification (2003)
  • Fellow Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine, Specialized Training (2007)
Conditions & Treatments
  • Primary Care
Clinical Interest for Patients
I am Medical Director of Child Health Clinic and have a faculty practice and referral clinic for Breastfeeding Management.

Care Philosophy
I have a practical style and shared team approach to taking care of children and their families.

Personal Interests
I enjoy spending time with my family--3 wonderful children and 'Nature Ranger'/teacher husband, walking/running with my dog, reading, gardening and SCUBA diving/skiing when I can.

Volunteer Activities
AAP Chapter, Mile High Montessori Board and Colorado Breastfeeding Coalition, Legislative Commitee.

General Information

Medical Schools:
  • MD, University of Minnesota Medical School (1988)
Graduate Schools:
  • MSPH, University of Colorado Denver (2006)
Undergraduate Schools:
  • BA, Carleton College (MN) (1984)
  • University of Colorado (Children's Hospital Colorado) Program (1989)
Residency Programs:
  • University of Colorado (Children's Hospital Colorado) Program, Chief Resident, Pediatrics (1992)
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Languages: English
Department: Pediatrics-General Pediatrics